Combo Apps/Crispy Black and White – New Recipe

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In the last few years apps have change a lot and some of the same apps we use tend to change over time too. Adobe Photoshop Express is one of those apps that has changed and affected the way I do Crispy Black and Whites. I’ve found the app to take it’s place with noise reduction. I experimented with Noiseware to see if I can get close to the same results. It has turned out I can get those same results. Up at the top is a Crispy Black and White where I used the new recipe with Noiseware.

Demo Photo

This will be my demo photo for the blog post.

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I loaded my photo onto Dynamic Black and White. When you load your photo, it’s always at the default color setting. I tap on the FX button and the next screen shot are the preset menu. I will use the Infrared preset.

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After I use the preset for Infrared, I will push the dial to 100% because I like my black and whites crispy. This preset will only work with certain types of photos, like the one I’m using for the demo. It works great with architecture photos and street photos. If you have clouds in your photos, it will really enhance and make your photos pop. You can just shot the sky with lots of clouds and get great results with this editing style.

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Make sure you turn on the high resolution save with Dynamic Light too. You can access this screen by taping on the gear button.

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Next I load my photo onto Noiseware. You always start with the default preset with the app. I will usually tap on the strong button for the clearest and smoothest results. I’m hoping in the future the developers will app more manual controls and sliders with this app.

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This is my final edit, looks pretty good and I’m happy with this results. Crispy Black and Whites is one of the few mobile edits I don’t get bored of and can keep coming back to this mobile editing style. Your photos always look dramatic and clear.

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Another type of photo that will work are interiors, I seem to get really great results with interiors.

Crispy Black and White Sky with Clouds

Here is my sky and clouds I was talking about, see how this editing style works. You get the most dramatic sky and clouds photos ever !!! This is why I don’t ever get tired of this of mobile editing. It’s true black and white eye candy.

App List:

Dynamic Light – $1.99
Noiseware – $3.99 universal to the iPad

You can do this editing on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Both apps are universal to the iPad. When you load Dynamic Light on your iPad, you will have an iPhone screen that you can double in size. If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments or email me at Have a great day and HAPPY EDITING !!!



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5 Responses to Combo Apps/Crispy Black and White – New Recipe

  1. Ithalu says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for share.

  2. rjllane says:

    Hello ashcroft54 (Tina).

    Thanks for this update on Crispy Black and White. I can recall the original description that you gave several years ago. I immediately marked you as a person of the highest stature for sharing the details of your workflow. Not many people are confident enough in themselves to share these types of details. Another reason that I can recall the original description is that I love the “look” !

    I am wary of Dynamic Light since it hasn’t been updated since 2013, which is several generations of iOS ago. I’m suprised that it still works, actually. I use other apps for the transformation to B&W. For example, Simply B&W, and apply the Red filter/preset to achieve those dramatic skies. And then I join you in using Noiseware for some noise reduction. I still use Photoshop Express to do some sharpening if I feel this would be necessary. Unfortunately, my results do not match yours because the original photographs are not in the same league !

    The interior shot that you show is my favorite today. It looked like you had stepped back in time to the 1950’s and that you were just about to enter the largest diner ever built ! It was great to have the chance to dream for a while when I looked at it. Thanks for posting the shot and giving me this experience.

    Take care 🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

    • ashcroft54 says:

      To be honest I’m not sure how long Dynamic Light will work on the iPhone. All I can say is lets see what will happen with iOS 9 goes public. The developer is a little strange and unhappy with his success with the app. I’ve emailed him a few times, so he’s told me his story with this app and other apps.

      I know so many black and white apps that can do Infrared but Dynamic Light does the best job. It’s the only app where I don’t have to tweak and play with constantly. I just load my photo and see what happens. I haven’t done any sharpening like I did in the past because the iPhone 6 plus take far better pictures.

      Well it’s important I take well exposed and composed photos first before I edit them. Crispy Black and White is about enhancing the details to a surreal contrasted moment. There’s no gray in crispy, only black and white (Yin and Yang). This is why this type of editing only works with certain subjects. It’s also how I see things to keep it all balance. I’m a libra and it’s all about balance with me.

      Thanks, it’s always a pleasure when you make a comment on the posts.

  3. imapurrson says:

    I, too, love that interior shot! Your B&W’s are very impressive! Thank you for sharing your “crispy formula” with us.

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